Help reduce your blood pressure by regularly
taking Beet Juice.
The American Heart Association journal Hypertension has revealed the discovery of an entirely natural, blood pressure reducing substance. It’s not a drug and there are absolutely no side effects. Instead of taking dangerous medication to reduce your high blood pressure, start drinking small amounts of beet (beetroot) juice.
Research has shown that people with HBP (High Blood Pressure), who drink 8 oz. of beet juice daily, reduce their blood pressure on average by about 10 mm Hg. So why is this? Well, two average size beets contain about 0.2g of dietary nitrate. This is converted by the body into nitrite and then nitric oxide. This chemical, once in the bloodstream acts on the blood vessels, dilating or opening them up, thereby lowering the blood pressure.
If you eat plenty of leafy green veggies it will have a similar effect (also nitrate containing). Amrita Ahluwalia Ph.D., author of this particular study and professor of vascular pharmacology at The Barts and The London Medical School in London stated…
“Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health.”
The research showed that the subjects who drank beet juice had reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Moreover, this positive impact on blood pressure continued even after nitrite circulating in the blood had returned to their previous levels before the juice was consumed. In fact, the positive effect was most pronounced three to six hours after drinking the juice, and it was even still present a day later.
Previously, other studies have also shown that beets increase blood flow and importantly help oxygen get to areas of the body previously lacking oxygen, including the brain. Therefore, it follows that eating beets can certainly be beneficial to people suffering from dementia.
“So, add beets to your salad or even better juice them. I juice them with carrots several times a week. It is a delicious whilst extremely health habit to get into and I thoroughly recommend it”. Dr Tim